Manchester United were due to face Liverpool at 4.30pm. However, the match has now been called off after supporters stormed Old Trafford. There were chaotic scenes at the Theatre of Dreams earlier today, with Sky Sports pundits left shocked by what unfolded.
Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.
But, before the game at Old Trafford, fans stormed the stadium.
Supporters were protesting over the Glazers’ running of the club, with the Americans under fire in the wake of their failed European Super League plot.
Some made their way onto the turf, with images and clips from social media showing large numbers inside the ground.
The stadium was then placed in lockdown – not for the first time this year.
And it’s now been confirmed the match has been officially postponed.
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A Premier League statement read: “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated Covid-19 breaches.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”
There was a meeting that took place behind the scenes and, with fans also taking to the Lowry Hotel to vent their feelings, it’s been put on hold.
It emerged before the fixture that United were worried about team buses being targeted, while also fearing a rescheduling of the match.
And United legend Roy Keane believes things are now at a ‘tipping point’, saying: “It’s got to a tipping point now for Man United fans.
“It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares – I think that was towards Jamie, to be fair, but I think they’ve had enough.
“Enough is enough for these United fans now.
“United have got some of the best fans in the world, huge club, we’ve seen today that it’s come to the end now and enough is enough with the ownership of the club.
“We’ve seen over the past few weeks with the frustration at the Super League, not being able to support the club over the last year, enough is enough now and the United fans obviously want the Glazers out.”
Graeme Souness, however, thinks the protests won’t have an impact.
“I don’t think it will (have an impact),” he said. “The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend.
“I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years. I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.
“We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit.
“If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.”
Souness also feels the cancellation of the game suggests something has happened they don’t know about.
“I hope I’m wrong, it’s a big decision to call the game off, but it would suggest that something went on that we don’t know about,” he said.
“If you’ve come out today to achieve something that will be seen throughout the world, then they’ve achieved that and more with the game being postponed.
“But for the Police to say that it isn’t safe, then it would suggest that something has happened that we don’t know about.”
The Glazers apologised for their ESL actions, while Ed Woodward also addressed supporters on a fans forum meeting earlier in the week.
Woodward also said sorry, saying: “It’s clear we did not do enough of that (listening) before the Super League decision. Today is our first step towards putting that right.
“You will all have read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologising for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this Forum.
“I know that you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation and by the way the proposal failed to recognise the vital principle of open competition. Proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.
“We fully accept that there were fundamental elements which were badly misjudged.
“We failed to give enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which are so vital to football not just in domestic competition but in European competition since the mid-1950s.
“We want to restate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.
“We will now continue working with the rest of the football community to address the long-term challenges facing the game.
“But I can assure you that we will be doing that with great sensitivity to the opinions that you and other fans have expressed in recent days.
“We will be listening closely to your feedback today, and we’ll be taking it away for consideration as we review how we can engage more effectively with you in future. Our fans are what makes Manchester United so great, and they should always be at the heart of this club.”
Solskjaer previously pleaded for fans to be peaceful with their protests.
“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” he said.
“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.
“As I’ve said before I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.
“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.
“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”